SEATTLE – The Dawgs picked up their first win over a ranked opponent in almost six years, defeating Colorado, 81-71, on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12) evened its record in Pac-12 as Kelsey Plum scored a career-best 35 points.
Plum was the story on Sunday, finishing just one point shy of the Husky freshman scoring record with 35 points. She also broke the school record for made free throws in a game with 18. She missed just once from the line, finishing 18-19 to just miss Kristi Kingma’s school record for free throw shooting percentage of 15-15.
The win was the first over a ranked team since the Dawgs beat No. 9 California way back on March 2, 2008. It also gets Washington right back into the thick of the Pac-12 race.
Washington came out aggressive, driving to the lane and drawing a number of fouls on the Buffaloes. Washington shot 25 free throws in the first half, making 21. Jazmine Davis and Plum each went 6-6 from the charity stripe in the half. Davis led all scorers with 13 before the break, while Plum and Aminah Williams were also in double figures with 10 apiece.
The Buffaloes came out of the break with a sense of urgency, cutting the Washington lead to five at the 16:49 mark. However, after a Husky timeout, the Dawgs matched the intensity. Plum got back to the line and made a pair of free throws, then knocked down a big 3-pointer and the Washington lead was back in double digits.
The Buffaloes were not done, though. Colorado used a 17-6 run to take a 1-point lead at the 8:42 mark. The Dawgs did not trail for long, however. Plum tied it with a free throw, following her only miss from the charity stripe. The freshman then had a layup and a 3-point play and Washington would never again trail.
Plum scored 25 points in the second half, taking over the game with her penetration and ball handling. The dynamic guard duo of Plum and Davis finished with 55 points as Davis had 20 of her own. The Dawgs also won the battle on the boards, 45-33. Williams was her usual self, ripping down 11 rebounds and finishing with a double-double with 13 points.
Washington now heads out on the road next weekend to face Oregon State and Oregon. The Dawgs face the Beavers on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., followed by the Ducks on Sunday, Jan. 26, at noon. Both game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks.